PREVIEW: #7/6 Ohio State at Penn State

 

Feb. 13, 2016

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#7/6 Ohio State at Penn State

Date: February 14, 2016 | Time: 2:00 p.m. | Venue: Bryce Jordan Center | Location: State College, Pa.

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Setting The Scene

  • The Buckeyes head to State College this Sunday for a Valentine's Day matinée with Penn State.
  • Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. ET from the Bryce Jordan Center.
  • The Buckeyes have tied their season-long win streak of eight games and head into Sunday's matchup with a record of 20-4 overall and 12-1 in the conference.
  • Penn State snapped a four-game losing streak last Thursday with a 65-61 upset at No. 15 Michigan State and come into the game with a record of 9-15 overall and 4-9 in B1G play.
  • The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Mike Wolf and Christy Winters Scott will call the action.
  • The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Noting The Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 12-1 record.
  • Ohio State has tied its longest win streak of the season at eight games.
  • OSU is second in the conference and third in the country in scoring at 86.2 ppg.
  • The 86.2 ppg puts the Buckeyes on pace to break the school’s single-season scoring record of 83.2 ppg which was set by the program’s only Final Four team of 1992-93.
  • Ohio State is ranked 7th in the AP poll 6th in the coaches polls.
  • The Buckeyes have won 12-straight home games.
  • Alexa Hart is fourth in the country in shooting percentage at 65.2 percent.
  • Since the start of conference play, Hart leads the conference in shooting percentage at 68.4.
  • Senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell were each named to the Mid-season Wooden Top 20 as well as Naismith Award Semifinalists.
  • Mitchell was also named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Midseason watch list and the Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10.
  • Mitchell is fourth in the country at 24.9 ppg and Alston is 50th at 18.5 ppg.
  • When Mitchell and Alston each score 20 points in a game, the Buckeyes are 21-3, including 11-1 this season.
  • Alston scored her 2,000th career point on Feb. 11 at Iowa and is just the 6th Buckeye to reach that mileston.
  • In just over a season and a half, Mitchell is already 19th on OSU’s career scoring chart at 1,470 points.
  • Shayla Cooper tops the Buckeyes with 7 double-doubles this year.
  • The Buckeyes have scored over 90 points 11 times this season and are 11-0 in those games.
  • The Buckeyes have faced six top-10 teams already this season, including all four of last year’s Final Four teams.

Penn State Snapshot                          

  • Penn State is coming off perhaps its best win of the season, knocking off No. 15 Michigan State in East Lansing last Thursday.
  • The Nittany Lions are 9-15 overall and 4-9 in the conference.
  • PSU us just 1-6 in conference play at home but has three impressive road victories at Iowa, at Illinois and at Michigan State.
  • Freshman Teniya Page is a strong candidate for B1G Freshman of the Year as she is leading the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game and has also dished-out a team-high 91 assists.
  • Brianna Banks is averaging 13.0 ppg and is second on the team with 32 steals.
  • The third Nittany Lion in double-figures is Lindsey Spann, who has made a team-high 46 three-point field goals and is averaging 12.5 ppg.
  • Peyton Whitted averages 9.1 ppg and snags 8.0 rebounds per contest.

Series History vs. Penn State

  • Sunday's matchup will be the 61st meeting all-time between Ohio State and Penn State.
  • Penn State is one of just two Big Ten teams (Nebraska) that Ohio State has a losing record to as the Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 36-24.
  • After losing five-straight from 2012-14, the Buckeyes have won three-straight in the series, including a 99-82 win over the top-seeded Nittany Lions in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.
  • The teams have met in the B1G Tournament in three out of the last five years with Ohio State winning twice.
  • The Buckeyes’ best streak came from 2005 to 2011 when OSU won 13 of the 14 meetings.
  • OSU swept the season series last year.
  • Ohio State is just 7-19 all-time in State College. 

McGuff vs. Penn State

  • Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-3 all-time against Penn State.
  • He was 3-2 against the Nittany Lions as head coach at Ohio State. He split a home-and-home series with Penn State while coaching at Xavier.
  • The McGuff led Musketeers dropped a 73-66 decision in overtime at Penn State in 2006 and then topped PSU 72-68 in Cincinnati in 2007.

Last Year against Penn State

  • The Buckeyes won both games last year against Penn State, sweeping the season series for the first time since 2008.
  • In the first meeting, Ohio State got 21 points from Kelsey Mitchell and a double-double from Alexa Hart to outlast Penn State 69-60 on Jan. 18 at Value City Arena.
  • Hart grabbed 15 rebounds on the afternoon, including nine on the offensive end. She scored 11 points for her fifth double-double and also swatted three shots.
  • Ameryst Alston was the third Buckeye in double-figures with 18 points.
  • Penn State also had three players in double-figures led by Sierra Moore with 16 points. Candice Agee recorded a double-double with 11 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes shot under 40 percent for the second-straight game (35.8 percent) but they won the rebounding battle and made the most of PSU’s 17 turnovers, converting them into 17 points.
  • In the second game, a good start to the second half provided Ohio State the cushion it needed to knock-off Penn State 88-70 on Feb. 21 in State College.
  • The turning point tonight came at the onset of the second half. The Buckeyes reeled-off eight-straight points to turn a six-point halftime lead into a 44-30 advantage. The Nittany Lions were never able to get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
  • Ameryst Alston led all scorers with 23 points. She made four three-pointers and dished-out seven assists.
  • Kelsey Mitchell finished the night with 18 points and six assists.
  • Shayla Cooper was 8-of-13 from the floor to finish with 16 points and had a season-high three steals.
  • Cait Craft hit four three-pointers and finished with 12 points while Alexa Hart chipped-in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
  • Penn State was led by Sierra Moore who scored 18 points. Candice Agee finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.